RVA Shopping 101
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Hot date tonight? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean we don’t wanna look cute right? Most gays are very proficient at shopping, it’s part of who we are! Unfortunately, this isn’t true for everyone. Some of us gays actually have no clue how to dress, so here are the best places to get new gear in RVA.
They are the foundation to any good closet and they should be effortless. The best thing about basics is that they don’t belong in any particular season, they can be worn throughout the year, just layer up or down accordingly.
H&M (Short Pump Town Centre)
Haven’t been here? What else is there to do? Yes H&M has some of the best basics for the best prices. They have an awesome selection of v-necks both short and long sleeved, great tanks and tees among many other things. Their stuff is decent quality and doesn’t ruin easily.
Starting at $5.95 (for basics)
American Apparel (Carytown)
It is considered a high end basics store, why? Because their markup is high but they make everything in the US, which is rare in apparel companies. Their goods are high quality and they offer a wide selection of colors. In addition to having a great variety of shirts they also have some pretty great looking shorts, pants and jeans.
Starting at $16.00 (for basics)
So we have some fancy dinner to go to and realize that all the clothes that reside in our closet are Mutant Ninja Turtle t-shirts. There a few key places we need to hit up for dress shirts and pants around town.
Express (Short Pump Mall, Regency, Chesterfield Town Center)
They always seem to have idiot proof ideas as far as formal and evening wear. They have a great variety of dress shirts in different color and sizes, although they seem to always run low on smaller sizes. Their pant assortment is also very modern with mostly flat front pants. Avoid pleated pants at all costs, no matter where.
Starting at $25
Nordstrom (Short Pump Town Centre)
Nordstrom has a great men’s department and their focus is definitely quality and fit. Expect to spend a pretty penny here but you can get things that are trendy and will last a long time. This is an ideal place to shop if you are a label whore. Featured brands are: Calvin Klein, Brooks Brothers, Hugo Boss and Ralph Lauren.
Starting at $25 (up to $300)
-Forever21Men (Regency Square Mall)
This has to be most affordable of the dress up options. Forever21 copies a lot of the styles that we will find in higher end clothing boutiques but they sacrifice some of the quality for looks, which is perfectly fine if we shop frequently. They have everything from outer wear, jeans, t-shirts, dress shirts, pants and on some occasions suits. Their best attribute is that we never have to wait for a sale because it’s so cheap!
Starting at $15
Jeans deserve its own subcategory just because there are many fits, prices and cuts. A good pair of jeans will make our ass look great, fall at the right length and provide comfort.
Buckle (Short Pump Mall)
If ever in need of an amazing pair of jeans, this should definitely the first stop. The staff in this place is amazing, they carry all the name brands that consumers have come to expect plus their own brand appropriately named “BKE”. Buckle carries mostly bootcut and relaxed cuts, so don’t expect to find any skinny jeans here. BKE emulates the cut of a lot of the more famous and expensive brands. They also offer free alterations to make sure the jeans fit the best.
Starting at $40.00
Lucky (Stony Point)
Looking to have a hot ass but spend a lot of cash? Head on to Lucky Jeans located at Stony Point Fashion Park. Possibly some of the sexiest jeans to date, lucky jeans typically fit like a well tailored glove. They tend to have a classic American look which means they are somewhat timeless, an investment worth making.
Starting at $100.00
Want to know what all the cool kids are wearing? Just be advised that the following stores carry trends only, so chances are that anything bought here will be outdated next year and everyone else at the club will be wearing the same thing.
Urban Outfitters (Short Pump Town Centre)
The look that Urban is going for is thrift store-ish. It definitely has a nostalgic feeling shopping here because we will encounter with items that are very 80′s. Levis, Members Only, Obey, BDG are just a few apparel brands carried by Urban. The fits are trendy so we will find plenty of skinny jeans and oversize tops here. They have great accessories like sunnies, belts, scarfs and murses. Their shoe selection includes familiar brands like: Adidas, Nikes, and Keds but they also have higher end less known brands like: Ben Sherman, Feathers and Fred Perry.
Starting at $12.00 (up to $90)
Need Supply (Carytown)
This store carries a lot of items that Urban Outfitters does but it is locally owned and operated. This is a great location for those who live in the fan and don’t or can’t make their way to Urban Outfitters.
Starting at $30 (up to $300)
Rumors (N. Harrison St.)
This store is pretty amazing and stands out from others because it is owned by a couple of VCU fashion students that felt the need for great fashion in RVA where it desperately needed it. Rumors has a pretty unique but limited selection of merchandise. Rumors closely follows trends from bigger cities like NY. They go for exclusivity instead of mass quantity. Their sizes and styles are limited and above average pricing but it is well worth it. The brands that they carry include: Top Man, Aztec, Seven, Toms, Jordans, Vans, BDG, Cheap Monday and Armani Exchange.
Starting at $12.00 (up to $100)
Remember to listen to your body and wear what fits YOU best. Stay tuned for more tips about fashion in the style section of GAYRVA and don’t forget to check out ModernGayBitches if you haven’t already @ www.moderngaybitches.com
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